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by creating an enforcement mechanism for dbi in addition to existing mechanism for our department. and last week this commission asked if this law would apply to rental housing. it was rented by a corporation as well as the housing that they owned and the answer to that is yes. these short-term rentals of residents units will not be allowed regardless of the ownership structure. so, this week the board approved the ordinance on its first reading. the board also considered that five foot height bonus for active uses in the castro ncd and 24th street noe neighborhood commercial district be recommended approval on september 27th and this week the board approved it. -- on first reading. there was also a hearing on the housing production and reports ordinance, and this one has the most discussion at the board this week. * this ordinance was before you on june 28th and was approved with some modifications. supervisor olague incorporated most of the modifications recommended by this securities
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and exchange commission and hopefully with staff and director on additional minor changes. supervisor weaner had voted against the ordinance at committee and this week at the full board he proposed some amendments to the ordinance. supervisor weaner expressed the desire to produce a more complete picture of our housing production. he was especially interested in not only showing low-income developments, but also middle income developments, senior housing and various sizes of units. he proposed adding these additional categories to the dashboard as well as he proposed a change when the dashboard would be required. supervisor olague's ordinance would require that this dashboard be provided for any report associated with buildings that have five residential units or more. his amendment would only require that the dashboard be added for those projects which are heard by this commission. and it was this amendment that supervisor olague objected to. she expressed concern that the
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plan areas would enable additional projects to be approved without commission review and that the dashboard should be considered in review of those projects as well. planning department staff clarified that the department does not produce reports for those projects which are not heard by the commission. instead, these projects are plan checked and only approved if they are code compliant. we stated that requiring publication of the dashboard with these projects would potentially require the department to spend additional time and would create potential additional expense for these code complying projects because we have never produced any report and we might have to just attach the dashboard to this. president chu asked if we could attach the dashboard to any report. that are not currently included in his proposal. he was trying to find something that would satisfy supervisor olague, at which point staff responded that we could attach dashboard to projects heard by
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the historic preservation commission and certain heard on appeal before the board of supervisors because we do have existing reports for these. supervisors campos and kim discussed alternatives and then supervisor olague requested a continuance on this item. so, it's being continued for one week with an opportunity for our staff to continue to work with all the members of the board on potential amendments to satisfy folks in creating good public policy. so, that's what we're working on. let's see. lastly, as i've mentioned, it's been hard to get all of the ordinances that have been introduced on tuesday because the clerk is changing the time which they produce that report of new legislation introduced. so, i have what i believe is actually an incomplete picture, but it's the picture that was ready at the time of this hearing. the new introductions that i know about this week, and i'll catch you up next week on anything that's published after this announcement, includes the
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following. first is the catch up from last week since i missed last week. supervisor weaner introduced a planning code amendment that would address efficiency dwelling units and amend the planning code to put a cap on the number of efficiency dwelling units that would be produced under that new smaller size dwelling unit. i believe you remember we presented an item to you earlier this summer where we shrink the size and this would limit the city can only approve so many of those. services planning code amendment we would bring the potential ordinance before you for your consideration. in addition this week supervisor weaner introduced an ordinance that would amend administrative code chapters 31 to revise the c-e-q-a appeal procedures that we administer locally through the administrative code. the changes that i know about from this particular legislation, that it would change the c-e-q-a appeal period so that would be triggered by the first project
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approval as opposed to the last project approval which is currently the case. citizens have the right to appeal all c-e-q-a decisions but they would have to do so in a timely manner that would be limited what we see now sometimes months or years after the first decision. so, there's some changes to deal with that. the legislation would also increase the requirements for public noticing of these c-e-q-a discriminations so the public would know when a determination has been made and would have the opportunity to appeal that. and this particular ordinance is administrative code, so, we only have 30 days to review this particular one and for you to weigh in before the board could potentially take action. our 30-day hold would end on november 16th and i believe the commission would probably like to hear this before that deadline so we'll work to schedule that. * determination that concludes my report. i also got a report from the
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zoning administrator for the board of appeals. would you like me to do that? okay, i'll continue on to that one. he said there was only one project, 27 05 larkin street that pertained to planning. this was a permit application to add a 21-foot horizontal extension to the rear of the building. this commission heard five discretionary review requests for this permit on may 3rd. at that hearing the dr requesters expressed concern about privacy, light and air, and compliance with building code requirements. this commission unanimously approved the permit 6-0-1. i guess one person was absent, otherwise everyone who was here voted for it. and the appeal before the board of appeals this week focused on building code issue primarily related to exiting. they complied with the building code and approved the permit. that concludes board of supervisors and board of
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appeals report. >> thank you. commissioner antonini. >> so, it's my understanding we will be hearing -- have a hearing regarding the legislation proposed to to administrative code to put a time constraint on c-e-q-a appeals. so, that will be on our calendar i assume. >> yes, before move 16th. >> okay. and it is calendared, i guess, or in the process of calendaring? >> it's not calendared yet. >> it's one of the biggest issues that's come up over the years. so, we want to really understand what the proposal is and how it works for us. secondly, i just have questions on the companion piece to prop c legislation which you spoke about regarding the increase and inclusionary floor from 5 to 10 units. the board passed it. is there an ability to change their position, is that what the action was?
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or they continued it? >> no, they pass it had and finally adopted. it includes a provision that would allow them to study the impact of removing inclusionary requirement on buildings with 5 to 9 residential units. and if their study showed that it should be reinstated, the board would have the capacity to reinstate that requirement, but it would take another legislative action of the board, which you would get the opportunity to review. >> okay. and would there be any time frame on this reconsideration or just open-ended any time they feel like it? because part of what i understood to be either in this or in prop c was the fact that it was an assurance for those involved in projects that there would not be changes in inclusionary in the future, you know, based upon if that were to pass. i think that's how it read. >> that is correct. the charter amendment that is pending would freeze in place the inclusionary controls as they are in place as of january
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the first of 2013. and what this ordinance did that the board considered is that it would not change the controls for the 5 to 9 unit buildings until after the charter amendment took effect. so, in the middle of january the rules would change and the 5 to 9 unit buildings would no longer have to pay the inclusionary. so, that's how the interaction between the two work. >> okay. so, what i'm understanding now, the elements that are within the charter amendment cannot change, but this companion legislation could change in the future if the supervisors felt they wanted to change it. >> that's correct. >> it's a little confusing because there's many parts to it and part of it is in the legislation and part is in the ballot measure. so, i think i'm clear on what it is now. >> okay. thank you. >> commissioner sugaya. >> yes, on the short-term rentals, does that affect individual owners? no. >> everybody is currently under
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the same requirement, but there should not be these short-term rentals of units which we consider dwelling units and residential housing. since these corporations were leasing units or possibly purchasing units for longer than the 30-day requirement, but yet their occupants were turning over faster. there was some confusion about whether or not they were subject to that law. and this just clarifies, yes, even though there might be a master lease, more than the 31 days, the occupancy still cannot turn over as such, the functions as a short-term rental. >> so, this isn't a way to look at their a and b situation? >> no, but the supervisor board president chu said they were looking at that and they proposed future legislation. thank you. >> thank you.
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>> good afternoon, commissioners. tim frye, department staff with the brief report on yesterday's historic preservation commission hearing. the hpc confirmed its final recommendation for the twin peaks tavern at 401 castro street as a local landmark to number 10 of the planning code. as you remember the previous report to you, it is being considered for landmark designation because of its association with lgbt history. the proposed designation will be scheduled for board of supervisors hearing sometime in the near future and we'll keep you abreast of that hearing date as well as we will forward a copy of the final designation report to you once the board of supervisors takes action. the rec park department also presented an overview to the historic preservation commission on the proposed rehabilitation and mural conservation project for quite tower. this project will require a
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certificate of appropriateness by the hpc at a future date, but the hearing yesterday was just for informational purposes to get the commission up to speed on the overall project. as the hpc or i'm sorry, as the planning department staff and rec park prepare for the c of a hearing, the hpc did direct staff to address a few concerns that were raised by public testimony at yesterday's hearing. one was in regards to extra security to protect the mural such as a full-time security guard or the installation of railings or other protective measures to protect the murals from visitors to the tower. the hpc also asked for clarification and a priority plan on the extensive list of recommendations that have been prepared by the preservation consultant. our understanding is there is over 100 recommendations on -- within the report to ensure for
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the long-term protection and enjoyment of kuaia tower to visitors and the neighborhood alike. so the hpc has asked for the rec park to prioritize those recommendations to get a better understanding of how this project and the rehabilitation of the tower will be addressed in the upcoming future. that concludes my report to you unless you have any questions. >> appears to be none. thank you. >> thank you, commissioners. if we can move forward on your calendar, item number 8 is an informational presentation on the proposed public art installation and associated with the 60 affordable housing development by bridge housing at 474 natoma street. >> good afternoon, [speaker not understood] department staff. the item before you is an informational presentation on the public art installation that was required under the
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100% affordable project at 74 natoma street. i will provide you with a brief overview of the approved project as which necessitated a revised variance approval. the project requires as a condition of that approval a public art component valued at an amount equal to 1% of the hard construction costs for the project. the project sponsor has commissioned kathrin watttionener, a local artist to provide on-site public art to satisfy this requirement. the project's conditions of approval also require that the final art concept and location be submitted for review by the
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planning director in consultation with the planning commission. in today's hearing staff is seeking comments from the planning commission as to the concept and location of this proposed art installation. that concludes my presentation and now i'd like to turn it over to ms. wagoner, the artist for the project. thank you. >> we'll let her introduce herself first before we go to the overhead. >> good afternoon, commissioners. planning has asked me to present a few projects, prior projects that have been completed in san francisco and in california to familiarize yourself with some of my work. the first piece you see here is a piece called pomegranate wall, 30 foot carved work embedded with mri images of a pomegranate.
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this is a museum-based piece. i do work for museums as well as public architecture. the next piece you see, architect is [speaker not understood]. here i'm working with porcelain enamel and steel. the piece is called swimmer's waves. this is for the los angeles police department which was built on an old citrus grove. and here i circumstance um navigate both the auditorium with an a diesed laser etched anadized panel. it brings back the notion of the landscape that was once there. the glass curtain wall has mylar orange archival circles on it. at certain times of the day, kind of a low tech transformation of kind of a lyrical day of oranges kind of falling. this is the vitrius bench i did
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for millennium towers on mission street. and it's a cast resin bench in the shape of an elipse that's lit with led and embedded with cast acornses to respond to the glass wall in the back there, which is a glass with the image of an oak grove. these are some past projects that have been completed. and i talk about 474 natoma. i plan to work on the eight-story elevator shaft. the name of the piece is called global garden. it's comprised of ombre panels. we bring you a sample right there so you can actually >> thank you for your patience. i m leader pelosi's district rector in san francisco. i've been with the for about nine years, and we are excited to put on this forum today to
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help people learn how they can access credit and capital for their small business. click background on some of what was accomplished in the last congress when later closing was speaker of the house. she had had 16 tax cuts signed into law to help small businesses grow and thrive. as we know, during the last 15 years, small businesses account for about 2/3 of the job growth in our country, but when the bush recession hits in 2009, 2010, small businesses were hit particularly hard. small businesses are the center of her agenda. congress under her leadership gave 27 million small businesses tax cuts. two main pieces of legislation -- the small businesses jobs act in the information you have, will create a total of 500,000
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jobs and create eight tax cuts. they are all described in the packet you have. also, unleashing up to $300 billion in credit for small businesses to access. there are another eight tax cuts that were passed through a number of different laws. some of our panelists will address those. even though now we are in an environment where there is a republican majority in the house and a slimmer majority in the senate, please note that the leader and democrats are going fight hard to keep their agenda and restart our economy, and there will be more work to be done. i would like to hand over the podium to nicole rivera, who put this together. she will introduce the panelists and go over some logistics. i want to point out quickly that we are being recorded by san francisco government tv. the camera in front is only aimed at the podium.
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it is not taking shots of the audience, only the podium for people who want to ask questions. so do not worry, you are not on tv if you do not want to be. >> thank you for your patience. i am a representative with leader pelosi, and i'm thrilled to have you today to learn more of our best practices for accessing credit. it is a priority for our office. we are very well aware of how small businesses are running up against the wall right now in terms of trying to get the credit and loans they are looking for, so i will try hard to bring the brightest minds in this room so you can effectively fix their range and learn more about what you can do better to fix your business plan and what it is they are looking for. first of all, i will introduce everyone. mark quinn is the san francisco
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district director of the u.s. small business administration. the small business administration covers not only san francisco proper but the bay area. the severed his third district is responsible for a business loan portfolio of 12,000 loans worth $4.2 billion. in 2009, the sba approved $500 million in lending. next, we have the executive director of the san francisco small business office. she was in san francisco in 1986 to open the buffalo exchange limited store, and in the 13 years she worked for buffalo exchange, tennis district manager, she held her open the company from four to 11 stores. in 2009, the mayor appointed her as executive director to the office of small businesses. next, we have the ceo of
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opportunity funds. he has combined his background as a community organizer with an education from stanford to develop an innovative, not-for- profit financial incision that uses market principles to affect systemic change. it operates one of the nation's largest individual development, programs, a leading provider of micro loans in california, and has a robust community real estate finance unit. next, we have the ceo of ne community federal credit union. since 1988, she has been the ceo of northwest community federal credit union. under her watch, the credit union group to over 1600 members. it has become the national model for institutions seeking to provide financial education and banking services to the low- income communities. last but not least, we have our conditional lender represented here by wells fargo. mark cyrus is the senior fda banker for the region -- the
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senior sba banker. he held businesses choose the best loans for the growing business and focus on a comprehensive understanding of their goals for their business. mark is responsible for helping entrepreneurs with sba loans every step of the way. i would like each of you to speak a little bit about what your organization does and, more importantly, address the audience here and let them know what your looking for when you are hoping to fund their loan. we will start with you, mark. >> absolutely. thank you. i want to thank speaker pelosi for putting this together. i want to thank all of the of for coming out on a smell it -- snowy san francisco date. [laughter] we've been told we should get us
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know when we go back outside. not sure what to expect. second, i thank speaker pelosi for all the work she did to support the jobs act and before that, the stimulus bill, the original american recovery act bill that allows sba to be able to besba landing more available to small businesses. very important piece of our tools that we have in this really very difficult time for small businesses to get access to credit. finally, i want to find the rest of the folks here, my colleagues on the panel. it is the case that sba works with these organizations to try to help small businesses understand how to get credit and fine tools to be able to do that. sba programs cover a wide range, and i will talk about this range of lending and the kinds of things we do, but in many ways,
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we do not do it alone. we do it with partners, and that is the takeaway message, the sba lending activity, while would guarantee loans through a number of lenders, we do it with a lot of other partners as well. let me give a little bit of a sense of what the small business administration does and is. we in san francisco covered the bay area and north coast counties, and we do a variety of things. i will come back to the credit card because i know that is what this session is about, but before i do that, there's two other roles we play that are important as well. one is about helping small businesses understand how to start businesses, getting good technical assistance, getting good advice about starting and managing your business. equally important is being prepared for credit. one of the things we tried to do is work with small businesses to understand how to be ready for credit. a lot of that is helping folks
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that are interested in starting a business understand how to develop a business plan, how to get good advice about starting and managing a business. we see a lot of small businesses interested in starting a business, and they have a talent or skill or craft, and they know what they want to do, but they really need to structure a rounded to do it. part of what they need, through partners, through score, through our business centers that we have in san francisco, and through the small business development center we also have here, really help small businesses understand how to get started in business, how to develop business plans, how to be able to put yourself in a position of planning for your business as much as running your business. a big part of what we do is the technical assistance and counseling work we do for folks interested in starting a business or those in the early stages who really need advice about where to go when you run into the wall, about financing,
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marketing, managing your business. that is an important role we play as well. another role we play is helping small businesses understand how to do contract thing, particularly with the federal government, but in a more general way, with all the public sector players. one of the things that small businesses always need is customers. one of the big customers out there is the public sector, but one of the challenges is the public sector on every level, federal, state, and local, are always difficult for small businesses to understand how to navigate the process of getting certified to do business, finding the right sources to be able to talk to and understand how to navigate getting into the contract thing rolls with public sectors, so we try to help small businesses understand that, and we partner with a lot of organizations -- the city, the state of california, and now federal agencies, to be able to take advantage of a huge buying opportunity for small businesses, but one that they
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find very intimidating. sometimes it takes too long. it is too complicated. for real red tape of process is something less certainly exists with small businesses try to get into public contracts the work. those are two roles we play, separate from the access to credit roll. on the financing side, sba plays a role across a wide spectrum in terms of who we partner with and what kinds of loans sba is able to guarantee. we are not a direct lender or guarantee lender. we have a couple of program he says, just to give you a sense, and i will let eric talk about the microlending side, but we have a microloan program to deal with the early stage client looking for a small loan under $50,000, down to, really, $10,000. for those businesses that are not viable in any real way but have a great idea, have some
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abilities to show that they have a good plan and really need to be able to get some early stage financing. that is kind of a non- traditional source of capital that exists out there. the main sba programs are guaranteed loan programs, and we act essentially as a guarantor, insuring the bank that if you make a loan to a small business, the business is not able to pay the loan, the sba will pay the bank a share of that long, typically 75% or 80%. a bank like wells fargo, for example, which is the largest sba lender in the country. when the lender makes the loan to you, they come to us and say that your business, for a variety of reasons, may not be strong enough to get a loan without a guarantee. it might be a business that is too young or is a type of business -- say, restaurants -- that are a little riskier than they want to deal with, or you do not have the kind of collaterale

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